George Michael was a British singer, songwriter and record producer.
George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963 in East Finchley, London to Kyriacos Panayiotou and Lesley Angold Panayiotou.
George Michael rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! and later embarked on a solo career. George Michael formed Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley in 1981. Wham’s! first two albums, Fantastic (1983) and Make It Big (1984), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
George Michael’s first solo single, “Careless Whisper”, reached number one in over 20 countries, including the UK and US.
A 1991 duet with Elton John, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, was also a transatlantic number one.
George Michael went on to release two more multimillion-selling albums, Older (1996) and Patience (2004).
George Michael is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with sales of over 120 million records worldwide.
Who was George Michael’s partner Kenny Goss?
Kenny Goss was with George Michael for thirteen years, and was praised as “the love of his life”.
Kenny Goss is an art dealer and businessman who was born in Bromwood, Texas, in 1958.
George Michael and Kenny Goss met at a Fred Segal restaurant in Los Angeles in 1988.
Kenny Goss and George Michael got together in 1996, but only went public two years later, when George Michael came out as gay after being arrested for “performing a lewd act” in a California toilet.
Kenny Goss and George Michael broke up in 2009, after 13 years together.